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Class A Commercial Driver’s License

Which commercial driver’s license do you need to drive a semi-truck? That would be the famous Class A CDL; one of the most important commercial driver’s licenses you can obtain. The Class A CDL definition states that this commercial license allows truck drivers to operate any combination of vehicles containing a GVWR (gross vehicle weight rating) of 26,001 pounds or more, as long as the towed vehicle is heavier than 10,000 pounds. What types of vehicles require a Class A CDL to drive? The commercial Class A license allows you to drive tractor-trailers, truck and trailer combinations, livestock carriers, tanker vehicles, and flatbeds.

What are the Requirements to Get a Class A CDL?

Among the CDL Class A requirements, you must first be 21 to apply for a Class A CDL license in most states. However, some only require that you are between 18 and 20 if you apply for the single-state CDL. With the single-state CDL, you will only be able to operate the commercial vehicle in the state of your residence. Once you turn 21, this CDL restriction would be automatically removed. Simply apply for your CDL at the local DMV office. Each state has its own requirements, but you will need to pass a written exam and driving skills test.

What Kind of Trucking Jobs Require a Class A CDL?

The CDL Class A is needed for a variety of jobs. Some of the top CDL Class A jobs include over-the-road truck driving, regional trucking, tractor-trailer operation, intercity bus driving, heavy equipment hauling, delivery truck driver, some dispatch positions, and truck driving school instructors. The reality is, once you have your Class A CDL, you can operate a variety of jobs, some that never require you to operate a tractor-trailer at all. Besides, there are greater job opportunities available for Class A CDL drivers than Class B or Class C drivers.
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Do Class A CDL Jobs Pay More Than Class B or Class C?

According to Glassdoor, as of February 2020, Class B CDL drivers have a salary range between $43,680 and $56,160 each year with a national average annual salary of $47,840 ($23/hr). ZipRecruiter reports that, as of May 2020, Class C truck drivers earn between $21,000 and $54,000 each year for a national average salary of $33,012 per year.  In the United States, most CDL Class A truck drivers earn an average annual salary of $66,000 per year. That’s well above the average pay for Class B and Class C drivers. Class A drivers that drive with LCL Bulk can earn even more money than the national average salary for CDL Class A drivers. Before factoring in any additional benefits, LCL Bulk Class A truck drivers earn a base pay between $62,400 and $72,000 annually.

Does a Class A CDL Permit You to Drive Class B and Class C Vehicles as Well?

Does Class A cover Class B? What about Class C? Yes. The Class A CDL is considered to be the “universal” commercial driver’s license. When you look at the Class A CDL description, you see that having this commercial license allows you to drive/operate most commercial vehicles, including all Class B and Class C vehicles.

Is There Still a Need for CDL Class A Truck Drivers in the United States?

Yes, of course. The CDL Class A is needed today more than ever as these truck drivers are critical to the transport, shipping, and logistics industries. These truck drivers transport goods that are needed by Americans every day, making them essential workers every day of the year; even outside times of crisis. If you have a Class A CDL, you are in great demand.

LCL Bulk Transport is Hiring CDL Class A Drivers of All Experience Levels

We are always looking to hire entry-level Class A CDL drivers with a minimum of 12-months tractor trailer experience in the Midwest and the Northeast regions of the United States. If you want an exciting Class A CDL driving job, that earns more than the national average with substantial trucking benefits, join the LCL Bulk family of drivers today. Currently, we are looking for CDL Class A truck drivers in WI, IL, IN, PA & NJ. Apply with LCL Bulk Transport!

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